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Warning: the story of the origin of this dish is a tad nasty, however it needs to be informed. In case you can’t abdomen such morbidity, please skip the continuing paragraphs and go straight to the recipe under.

Okay, you’re nonetheless studying this, so I presume you’ve got an enormous urge for food for journey or most likely you simply don’t actually care. Both manner, I congratulate you for having nice tolerance and unwavering braveness in discovering the reality behind the on a regular basis meals that we greedily devour. Give your self…er…a pat on the again!

Severely, Hen Talunan, because the identify suggests, are “supposedly” preventing cocks who’ve misplaced their battles throughout cockfights. Talunan is a Filipino phrase that actually interprets to defeated or in a extra demeaning time period — loser. Briefly, the rooster meat utilized in making ready this dish historically comes from cocks who’re defeated or who died due to the struggle. I don’t actually know the way cockfights are being performed, (and, personally, I’m not a supporter of the sport), however I presume the dropping cock would go to the winner. That’s when the dish Hen Talunan was born.

That wasn’t a lot of an icky introduction, was it? Really, the identical time period additionally applies to horse meat. Sure, you learn that proper. However that’s one other story altogether which requires a separate put up.

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Anyway, the meat in our Hen Talunan recipe didn’t come from the battle ring (thank god!). We purchased them straight from the grocery store. The way in which it’s usually ready is really easy, most likely as a result of it’s meant to be a fast meal to be served instantly throughout victory celebration after successful the cockfight. In different phrases, as a pulutan.

The way in which Hen Talunan is ready is sort of a mixture of Adobo and Paksiw, besides that it has ginger and the meat shouldn’t be fried in oil. Proper, some Paksiw recipes have ginger, however your argument continues to be irrelevant. Quick and straightforward, it’s virtually a one-step recipe as a result of the components are dumped in unexpectedly.

Strive it out your self at residence with out studying the best way to cockfight. I simply hope you haven’t misplaced your urge for food but. Right here’s the recipe for Hen Talunan:

Hen Talunan

You have to:

  • 1 kilo rooster, reduce into serving sizes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cane vinegar
  • 1 garlic head, crushed and peeled
  • 2 tbps ginger, peeled, crushed, and julienned
  • 1 tspn peppercorn
  • 4 pcs bay leaf (laurel)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tspn rock salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • a touch of MSG (vetsin)

How you can put together:

  1. In a big saucepan, place all of the components. Cowl and produce to a boil over medium warmth. Don’t stir. As soon as it begins boiling, decrease the warmth. Let it simmer for about half-hour earlier than stirring. Often test if the liquid has dried up. Add extra water if obligatory.
  2. Normally, rooster fats accumulates because it cooks. Cut back the oil and add extra seasoning, if wanted.
  3. Serve with rice.

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